The 2019 Mobiles for Education Alliance Symposium was held October 9-11, 2019 at the United States Institute for Peace. The Alliance would like to extend thanks to all 350 individuals who participated in last year’s event, which included representation from 46 countries benefiting from 100 presentations from 80 organizations, including a number of Ministry of Education officials from Asian-Pacific and African countries.  Please find more information on the 2019 Symposium below.

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2019 Symposium: Digital Literacy and Skills for Education and Development

When we refer to “digital literacy”, we typically think of a set of digital and information and communication technology (ICT) skills needed for workforce success in the 21st century. Various approaches to developing these important skills, however, often fail to account for a myriad of educational challenges typically found in lower-resource, developing country contexts, including: inadequate numbers of trained teachers; millions of in- and out-of-school learners who lack appropriate access to and instruction in foundational skills such as reading, writing, and socio-emotional skills; and the absence of other essential building blocks (e. g, health, food, and safety) for reaching an individual’s full potential.

The 2019 mEducation Alliance Symposium addressed how enhancing digital literacy acquisition, instruction, and extension leads to improved national and community development outcomes. The mEducation Alliance embraces a broad definition of information and communications technology (ICT) including, but not limited to, mobile phones, computers, e-Readers, tablets, flash memory, micro projectors, and audio/video devices, we welcome proposals that feature digital literacy interventions across a variety of media and applications.

This 9th annual Symposium connected policymakers and practitioners from government, leading donor organizations, the private sector, NGOs, ICT4E researchers, and other innovators engaged in the field. As in past Symposia, this year’s event included interactive sessions and formats, including dynamic panel presentations, gallery walks, and intentional networking opportunities.

Sub-themes of the 2019 Symposium included:

  • Bootstrapping Digital Literacy: Where There is No Computer
  • Digital Literacy for Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Digital Literacy (e.g., young women and learners with disabilities)
  • Using Digital Literacy to Advance 21-st Century Foundational Skills of Reading, Writing, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Get S.T.E.M ed! – Using ICTs to Deliver Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Instruction in Low-Resource Settings
  • Digital Youth Leaders for Development – Engaging Youth through Digital Literacy for Supporting Community Sector Development (e.g., education, health, agriculture)
  • Competencies for and Measuring Digital Literacy in Low-Resource Settings for Teachers and Learners
  • Funding Digital Literacy in Challenging Environments
  • Using AI and Machine Learning in Low-Resource Contexts to Track Digital Skills Attainment


Please see the list of 2019 Symposium presenters here. 


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The mEducation Alliance Symposium is hosted annually by the the members of the mEducation Alliance . The Alliance was founded in 2010 and is an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, and academic researchers.  Our collective agenda is to: highlight and catalyze promising information and communications technology for education (ICT4E) practices and initiatives, particularly in low-resource and developing country context; to reduce duplicative efforts; to promote collective knowledge-sharing, and to identify and support efforts to evaluate and scale promising ICT4E interventions.